Looking for the best Week 11 investments in the wildly popular FanDuel contest? We provide some recommended plays, along with dark horses and some players I might shy away from.
(Budget $60,000 – one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, one defense)
Aaron Rodgers ($10,100) – Rodgers is actually ranked behind SNF participants Tom Brady ($10,400) and Andrew Luck ($10,200). Could Rodgers join Ben Roethlisberger in delivering consecutive six-touchdown days? The Eagles secondary has some own issues, but Aaron could deliver even better value this week.
Philip Rivers ($8,500) – The Chargers come off a bye following a couple of clunkers. Rivers should rebound against the 0-9 Raiders.
Mark Sanchez ($6,900) – Sanchez did not look spectacular to me on Monday night. But it’s still the Chip Kelly offense and Sanchez will be trying to keep up with Aaron Rodgers. Sanchez is the cheapest of the top-10 ranked quarterbacks.
Jeremy Hill ($6,500) – With the higher priced RB’s saddled with difficult matchups this week, this is a position to go cheap. Giovani Bernard is already ruled out, so look for Hill to be owned by a high percentage of players. Barring a Saints blowout I expect the LSU product to produce in his personal homecoming.
Alfred Blue ($6,400) – Per Houston radio as of midday Friday, Arian Foster is a no-go this week. That makes Blue one of the better plays of the week against a subpar Browns run defense.
Terrance West ($6,600) – Official company line out of Cleveland says it remains running back by committee. That said, West got 26 carries last week. As long as he doesn’t fumble he will get his work.
Bishop Sankey ($5,300) – The Titans rookie RB maxes out at 15-18 touches, averages 3.9 yards a pop, doesn’t get goal-line carries and is not involved in the passing game. That said, he faces a depleted Pittsburgh defense Monday night. Sankey definitely works at this price.
Jordy Nelson ($8,900) – This is based on Nelson being ranked higher than teammate Randall Cobb ($8,700) by most pundits. You can also pick up ground in your league by gambling on Cobb, who should be at a lower percentage.
Julio Jones ($8,200) – Not the boldest play, but Julio will put up his numbers. DeSean Jackson ($8,100) is a good play if looking at the chance of paranormal numbers.
Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,400) – If Beckham can get it done in Seattle, he can do it anywhere. Perhaps the best of a loaded rookie receiving class.
Brandin Cooks ($6,800) – Cooks is a good pick for a tournament entry if looking for potential blow-up numbers.
Keenan Allen ($6,400) – Allen is third to LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy as most disappointing fantasy player of the year. That said, a combo platter with Philip Rivers and Allen should work this week.
Jordan Matthews ($5,500) – It’s obvious he is Mark Sanchez’s favorite receiver. Matthews may be the highest percentage player owned this week.
Julius Thomas ($7,500) – Has probably visited the end zone twice as you read this. It is too easy.
Antonio Gates ($6,700) – The Raiders factor also comes in play for the ageless Gates.
Dwayne Allen ($6,100) – Has not produced more than 64 yards in any one game, but has visited the end zone in seven of nine games.
Nick Novak ($4,500) – The Chargers don’t ring up automatic touchdowns like the Packers or Broncos. I look for a couple of field goals along with for to five extra points.
Green Bay Packers ($4,800) – Bypassing some more obvious picks, I will note the Eagles have had offensive line problems this year. Look for a few sacks and possibly a fourth quarter defensive score.
Cleveland Browns ($5,200) – The other side of Arian Foster’s likely absence. The Browns come off a spectacular defensive performance in Cincinnati and Ryan Mallett gets his first start for Houston. Cleveland should be able to get several sacks and a few interceptions this week.
QB – Robert Griffin III ($7,400) – He comes at a good price and a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay. Just remember Griffin is the Derrick Rose of the NFL and can go down at any time.
RB – C.J. Anderson ($6,500) – Ronnie Hillman got highly recommended last week and got hurt early. Anderson is a good value, but the featured Broncos running back is subject to change without notice.
RB – Jerick McKinnon ($5,500) – Nice price tag and he is still the starter for now. But Matt Asiata is a goal-line vulture and now McKinnon pops up on the injury report as the return of Adrian Peterson looms.